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Summary

The charming yet clueless professor.

Dr. Vail Mifflin loves the history of organized crime. Teaching and writing about the adventures of mobsters are his life’s work. To Vail, the stories he tells are just that - fun accounts he doesn’t think of as real. When Dr. Mifflin gets too close to the modern-day mob truth while researching a book he’s writing, his life begins to fall apart.

The Irish mob killers.

Rowen, Cillian, Aspen, and Fallon work for the Killough Company, the Irish mob that controls the Eastern Seaboard of the US. They go to one of Dr. Mifflin’s lectures to hear a few stories about the old-timers. That day, the men save Dr. Mifflin from an Italian mafioso, who didn’t like the things Dr. Mifflin lectured about. With this one unintended kind act, these killers become entangled in Vail’s life.

Death and danger in unexpected places.

As the band of killers get to know Vail, they realize that instead of focusing on the history of the mob, he’s trying to write an up-to-date account. Normally they would murder a man who planned to divulge their secrets, but it’s clear Vail doesn’t truly understand the danger he’s in. Their only choice to keep him alive is to protect him and convince him to stop. Vail struggles with ADHD and is reluctant to let go of his career, the one thing he feels he is good at. Unfortunately word is already out that Vail knows things he shouldn’t, and keeping him safe won’t be simple.

How Did You Survive Without Us? ends on a small cliff-hanger for Vail, but the next book is already written, so you won’t have to wait to find out what happens next!

©2021 Ki Brightly (P)2022 Ki Brightly

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The awful Irish accents ruined this

I didn't finish this audiobook, but I will get the ebook. The narration was so patchy that it became intolerable to keep listening. The American accents were great, and Mac Rae is a good narrator, but he needs to know his limits. He's delusional if he believes the Irish accents he used here were acceptable. The boys are from Dundalk which means that they have a particular accent. American narrators have a really bad track record of doing 'lucky stars' Irish accents in audiobooks. Its brutal to listen to. I'd have been grateful for that here as it would have been an improvement. The attempted Irish accents here were a mishmash of English brogue with garbled Scots inflections and the occasional Irish inflection. It was as close to Irish as a Boston accent is to Cockney. I know most Americans wouldn't know the difference , but Europeans will cringe like i did. What a shame.

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Wow

Absolutely fantastic book
So different from all the other MM+ books I have listened too
Fantastic story line great characters

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Well written awesomeness

I admit I wasn’t sure if I would like gangsta style but the characters along with the epic narrator changed my mind. So well done.

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Absent minded professor and sexy Irish mobsters

The pace in this book is unrelenting and doesn't let up.
Vail is such a wonderfully complex character.
He's a touch of the absent minded professor.
He's extremely intelligent, witty, sweet but absolutely clueless in the most basic sense.
This is where he gets himself in trouble because he just can't comprehend that his passion is bringing trouble straight to his door.
He literally needs a keeper to look out for him and protect him not only frim outside forces but from his own worst enemy, himself.
Thankfully he's got a couple of strong and sexy Irish mobsters by the name of Rowan and Cillian.
The chemistry between the three of them was explosive from the start.
When you add in the fact that Fallon and Aspen have also expressed interest as well and this becomes just about one of the sexiest books I've ever listened to.
Mac Rae did an amazing job narrating.
He very effortlessly distinguished between a cast of multiple characters
in a clear, concise way that kept me from becoming confused and the Irish accents were absolutely swoon worthy.

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Absolutely beautifully done!

Mac Rae is a brand new to me narrator and holy buckets did he knock it out of the park! His accents are absolutely perfect- his Irish is astounding. This is a favorite series and Mac has brought the authors’ vision to life! If I could give it more than 5 stars I definitely would!

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Great book, wonderful narration!

There’s everything to love about this book! Four Irish mobsters in NYC, they stumble upon Doctor Vail Mifflin, a ADHD lecturer at the university who specializes in the history of mobs.
Sparks fly immediately and soon Vail gets involved with Rowen and Cillian, though Fallon and Aspen, watching from the side lines, have clearly expressed their interest, too.
The book is hot as sin, the narration wonderful with a swoony Irish accent and the book is absolutely enjoyable!
It ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but I’m not too upset about it, as book 2 is already out and I’m already onto it!

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What a ride!

This book is hot as sin, and there’s plenty of both hotness and sin of several kinds. The action starts pretty much right away and we also get to know the MCs, especially Vail, Rowen, and Cillian, fairly well right from the start. I especially loved Vail, he’s such a mix of innocence, intelligence, cluelessness, and wantonness in one cute package. He, Rowen, and Cillian were perfect together.

Mac Rae is a new-to-me narrator and he was perfect for this book! His accents are yummy and he manages to give them are clear and discernible voices.

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Irish mobsters and a neurodivergent professor

Dr. Vail Mifflin what a well-written character, and I loved how life was not just happy. He has issues and had to deal with a lot. But there is also humour and maybe a touch of sex... OK, a lot.

Irish mafia, the characters and accents were well rounded and seriously good.

Overall, a great story that was only made better by being in audible, but you need book two as well, or else you are left hanging at the end. But please read book two as well, even better.

A new to me narrator Mac Rae has excellent accents and is a pleasure to listen to, clean and concise. I speed this narration up to 1.25 on Audible, which is usual for me.

How Did You Survive Without Us?
Irish Roulette, Book 1
By: Ki Brightly, M.D. Gregory
Narrated by: Mac Rae
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins

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Read at 1.25 speed on Audible

I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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Wonderfully told

The story is great, mobs, violence, and hot sex. Plus the narrator did a wonderful job.

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So Amazing

I’ve already read and really loved the books and I was so excited for the audio versions. These stories has the perfect blend of possessive alpha males, sweet love and all the feels, so much heat and a really great story. I thought it would be tricky to get all the accents right and make a clear distinction between all the characters with only one narrator. But Mac blew this out of the world - the narration is unbelievably good and I absolutely cannot wait to listen to book number 2.
5 stars aren’t even enough ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Shelby holder
  • 21-03-22

This Book is Amazing!

I have been binging all the books by Ki and M. D. in order and was super excited for this audiobook! The character were read beautifully by the author and the story line keep me hooked. Mac’s accents and voices were wonderful and made it easy for me to tell who was who. Oh boy that cliff hanger though! Take my advice and read the second book straight after you won’t be disappointed!

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 05-05-22

Fantastic!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this one from Ki Brightly and MD Gregory! The story was excellent and immersive and I was not ready for it to end! I thought the narrator did a super nice job and I look forward to listening to him again in the future!

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  • 20-03-22

Exciting

Not your usual one-on-one romance but an amazing story of Vail and his protectors. His ADHD causes forgetfulness which affects his teaching mob history and daily life. Enter Irish mob characters Rowen, Cillian, Aspen, Fallon in his life and it's a whirlwind throughout the book. Someone out there wants to harm Vail which will never happen if up to his protectors. They take over his life in every aspect especially sexually which is very consensual. The narrator was excellent with a distinction of voices.
I received this audio free for an honest review

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  • iamltr
  • 15-05-22

Wowzers

I'm going to be honest, when I read this in ebook form, Vail drove me crazy. Reading this in audio made it easier to understand how he really was. It also made me like Cillian more, which was weird.

I'm going to spoil this a bit and warn those leary of harems that it only lasts for the first couple of books, then it turns into a true poly family. I had a hard time with it changing because my expectations were set in getting a harem.

Ok onto the story. This is a multi book story about how Dr Vail ended up with 4 boyfriends and joining the Irish mafia. They have threats on Vail's life and find love/lust.

I loved the mob bits. They are so over the top and wonderful. I suggest reading The Killough Company series along with this one to get the full information needed.

One last thing, I freaking got teary and might have cried during the scene after the bombing. I was that emotional and it was all due to a new to me narrator, Mac Rae. They did a wonderful job and I will definitely be listening to him in the future.

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  • Elaine L.
  • 10-05-22

So NOT amazing

First, it is so out of the realm of reality, so if you listen to this book, keep that in mind.

Second, dear god the main and secondary characters are all assholes, all of them. I spent $17,00 dollars on this book and have three hours to go, I'm going to try very hard to finish this book, I will not be getting the other two books in the series. I don't believe this deserves to be a series it bearly deserves one book.

So sorry for the bad review, really, sorry.

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  • 05-05-22

amazing!

One of my favorite stories ever and it was made even better by that narration! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Rosetta
  • 01-05-22

Somewhat different but entertaining

For me this was an unusual but interesting and entertaining story; perhaps it was the narrator, Mac Rae, who brought the story to life but I am pleased I gave this story a chance. I personally haven’t listened to many stories with accented dialogue feeling it’s hard to understand what is being said, but will change my narrow minded view going forward so as not miss out on entertaining pieces such as this story. This is a two part story and can’t wait to start part two to find out what happened. For the first time in a long time I didn’t skip ahead but listened to every word. This story isn’t that complicated but it keeps your interest (it kept my interest) and adding ADHD as part of the plot made the story interesting enough to keep going with it. Will definitely look for more stories by these authors to see what’s on their minds.

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  • Tobcont
  • 27-04-22

Captivating from beginning to end

Vail is a very unique character. I’ve never read about someone like him before. He is perfectly scattered and charming. I’m happy he found Rowen and Cillian. Rowen and Cillian are so opposite each other that they make a perfect fit for Vail. The trouble Vail gets them into is very entertaining. You have to read to find out how they get out of it. I had a hard time putting it down.

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  • BrotherBob
  • 18-04-22

I'm too squeamish

Very descriptive. But does that much blood and gore make it any more interesting a read?

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 09-04-22

Amazing listen!

Such an amazing listen! I love Vail and all his men that consider him theirs! I just love listening to this amazing story. I just couldn't stop listening. Mac Rae is a new narrative to me and he is absolutely amazing. He just took this amazing story and brings it even more to life. I just love it so much!